Class of 2021

**2018 Orientation details will be posted soon. Check back for details.**

2017 Orientation

Welcome to UCI School of Law!  We are excited to have you join our community.  Orientation is an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the law school family.  It is also the beginning of your legal education, with a substantive program that will form the basis for a terrific experience here.  All three days of Orientation are mandatory for all first year J.D. students.


Wednesday, August 16 – Friday, August 18, 2017

Orientation Schedule

Orientation is the beginning of your legal education and all three days are mandatory. These days are reserved solely for incoming law students. A draft of the Orientation schedule can be found here. Students will receive a copy of the finalized schedule during Registration from 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16.


8:00 am on Wednesday, August 16 in the Business School Courtyard (between buildings 221 and 222 on the campus map.  During this time you will receive your class schedule, as well as information and materials from the Office of Student Services.  You will also be given a name badge.  We ask that you please wear your name badge to classes, mixers, and Orientation panels to help classmates, faculty, and staff get to know each other better.  You will also receive a placard with your name that you can place in front of your seat during classes, to help your professors quickly learn who you are.

Dress Code

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. We do request that you wear business casual on the first day of Orientation, when you will participate in our Civility Oath ceremony led by a judge. Business casual is typically khakis or similar pants for men with a collared shirt, and slacks/skirts and a blouse or a casual dress for women (flat shoes are fine; we recommend against wearing heels). We suggest bringing a light sweater or jacket, as it can get chilly during the morning and evening events outdoors – and sometimes inside classrooms!

Reading Assignments

Please check the Before You Arrive Checklist for details regarding summer reading assignments. 

Student Life Information

Our Student Life website has a wealth of information on UCI Law’s student-centered services, ways to get involved, local resources (grocery stores, dry cleaners, etc.), and University and Law School policies.

Save these Dates!

  • New Student Orientation Picnic:  Tuesday, August 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Family, partners, and kids are welcome to join faculty, staff and Community Fellows.
  • Orientation (mandatory):  Wednesday, August 16 – Friday, August 18.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday for three fun (but intense!) days.

Check Back This Summer for these Event Dates:

  • Student Involvement Fair: Tuesday, August 29 from 12:00 1:00 p.m.  Join 2L and 3L representatives from our student organizations in the courtyard to learn how to get involved at UCI Law. 
  • 1L Career Development Orientation (mandatory): 1L Career Development Orientation (mandatory): Friday, September 22. 
  • Mentor Reception: TBD. 1L students are matched with their attorney-mentor at an evening reception.  Students are paired based on their practice area interests. This is a great way to begin networking!
  • 1L Summer Job Information Fair: Wednesday, September 27.
  • Friends and Family Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017.  This is a chance for your friends and family (no children, please) to experience what it’s like to be in law school, including a mock class.